Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I recorded a personal project a few years ago, all of the songs are on my SoundCloud. I'm proud of it because of the process. I produced everything 100%, all of the music and vocals and mixing and drum programming and even some turn table cuts.
I challenged myself and put myself out on a ledge with skillsets I didn't think I had, using minimal equipment to do it. Some of the songs were recorded on a Tascam 4 track tape deck...just to see if I could do it, it's pretty in depth music.
What are you working on at the moment?
Right now I a mixing a bunch of songs for a rapper in Charlotte. He has got a really cool sound and he sings. It's Been fun to mix because he's so dynamic.
Analog or digital and why?
I love analog. It's expensive, but it's pure and I will multitrack using an Tascam tape recorder when I can. I prefer working with digital, because it's easier and faster, naturally, especially in editing.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I will always give my best effort. I cannot please everyone and sometimes a client is dissatisfied, but I have never finished something that I slacked on.
What do you like most about your job?
I'm an audiophile by nature. I absolutely obsessed with hearing a clean mix over any type of sound system.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
People ask why do I charge so much for track editing as opposed to full mixes. The truth is, mixing is fun for me and I can be done with a mix in a few hours, however editing a 2 hour podcast is tedious and takes panestaking focus to get every inch of the recording cleaned up. It's a little more than going into Pro Tools and highlighting and clicking the "silence" cue.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
For vocal edits-try and make it as dry and flat as possible, avoid adding your own effects (reverb, echo...) I can do that upon request.
For bands sending music-individual tracks, with minimal effects, and not so loud (ideally -6dB)
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Can you share one music production tip?
Before you touch your $3000 rack unit...listen to the music through your ears first, it might save time and energy.
What type of music do you usually work on?
85% of the time I work with hip hop artists. It's not a personal bias as I love mixing all kinds of music, however, it's usually rappers who approach me.
What's your strongest skill?
Patience. Listening to the sounds in the mix as opposed to fully relying on the fancy gadgets. Sometimes listening to what's already there saves time.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Most of the work I do revolves around editing and cleaning up vocal tracks for vocalists and rappers. Cleaning up tracks consists of muting a lot of the dead spaces in between takes, boosting volume, eliminating pops, clicks, deessing. I also do a lot of work taking a band's previously recorded tracks, putting them into a multitrack program and editing and blending it and bringing the song to life.